We have been on a Logan River bender recently but finally took some time to show the Blacksmith some love. I couldn’t believe how low it is from just a few months ago. Wading is very manageable now and crossing the river isn’t a struggle (Lower Section). Clarity is very good and spotting fish is getting easier. And the fish have a similar appetite as their Logan River neighbors, Big bugs and the small bugs!
The big dry flies are working very well. The Chubby Chernobyl, River Walker were both getting great reactions. I stumbled upon a few picky brown trout that showed some interest to my Caddis and Blue Winged Olive. I changed to the bigger flies (Chubby, River Walker) and got the fish to take the fly. Don’t hesitate to go bigger if you are not getting fish to take those smaller flies!
Any big hopper, Salmon Fly, Golden Stone Fly pattern will work just fine. Sofa Pillows, Chubby Chernobyl, and River Walkers are great flies to use right now.
Caddis and Blue Winged Olives were working well too. We were using a size 16 Blue Winged Olive dropped with a light tan/white Caddis size 16. Both flies worked very well. I did see some chocolate Caddis flying around. A Chocolate Caddis would be another great option. Blue Winged Olives, PMDs, PMD cripples are all great options to mimic the May Flies hovering around the river.
With bugs in the air, nymphing is another great approach. Cutthroats are spawning on the Blacksmith as well. An Egg pattern, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John, Caddis Larvae patterns, are all great options. And you know whats next, dont forget the San Juan Worm! Or any good attractor pattern as your top fly. Rubber legs, and the San Juan Worm are great attractors. Or using an Egg pattern as your top fly and dropping either a: Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, Copper John behind that is a good setup.
Both rivers are fishing very well. If you decide to fish the Blacksmith, don’t forget your big bugs! The fish are not being too picky and are aggressively feeding on a lot of flies that float past their mouth. If you are fishing in the heat of the day, target those banks. Fish like to hang out under cover and by shade if they can. Target those pockets tight to the bank with your dry fly set up. Nymphing, target those runs in the middle of the river. In the middle of the day, they will also hunker down low in those deeper runs. Get up the canyon and throw those big bugs! And it’s Friday, woohoo! Have a great weekend.